Each year, $27 billion worth of edible food in Canada is wasted. Food waste and food access are major concerns in the Capital Region District (CRD) area. Thrifty Foods, the Victoria Foundation and Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria – along with the Food Share Network – have worked together to find a solution.
Recognizing the importance of food security, the Victoria Foundation provided funding to collaborate the region-wide Food Rescue Project. Thanks to the efforts of Rotarians, Thrifty Foods and Victoria Foundation the fundraising goal was achieved raising $200,000.
These funds will be used to support the development of a regional hub for food rescue, with the expected opening date late 2016.
Mustard Seed will lead the acquisition of a new warehouse, a new transportation network which will access fresh food on a daily basis.
The Food Rescue warehouse will collect and distribute perishable food donations, including fresh produce, dairy products and baked goods, from our Thrifty Foods locations in Greater Victoria. The aim of the Mustard Seed’s Food Rescue warehouse is to divert fresh, edible but imperfect food from the compost to Victorians in need in order to better food-security for all members of the community. The food will be re distributed to over 40 social service organizations in the CRD area.
Thrifty Foods has been a partner of the Mustard Seed since it began food bank operations in 1983 and is a proud partner with the Food Share Network, the Victoria Foundation and Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria. We are all eager to provide quality food to people in need.
Thank you for your continued interest and support.